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Our website for employers

There's a talent pool of over 11 million people that you might be overlooking. People with criminal records make good employees. Make sure you're not missing out. Recruit! is a website from Unlock that supports UK employers to recruit people with convictions and helps them to deal with criminal records fairly.

Overview of project

Find out more about the work that we're doing to support employers to recruit people with convictions and challenge employment discrimination.

Our approach to employers

This page explains our approach to employers as part of this project.

Supporting & challenging employers

We are working with employers to develop and implement fair and inclusive policies and procedures that support the recruitment of people with convictions.

Stopping unlawful checks

We are challenging employers who breach the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act by carrying out unlawful criminal record checks or unlawfully take into account spent convictions.

Pushing for improvements to how the DBS works

We are working to ensure criminal record checks operate fairly for people with convictions, and are tightened so that employers are unable to carry out ineligible checks.

Case studies

Read about employers we've worked with

Project contact

This project is overseen by Rachel Tynan, Unlock's Policy and Practice lead. Click above to find contact details.

Latest news

Read the latest news relating to our fair access to employment project.

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Ban the Box

Ban the Box is a campaign that calls on employers to remove the 'tick box' from application forms. Find out more, and how it can help you as an employer.

Send us bad practice

We’re on the look-out for evidence of bad practice by employers with regards to the policies and processes that they have in place for job applicants with criminal records.

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We're grateful to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for their support of this work
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